Model church governing documents drawn up by commission

The Charity Commission and Christian umbrella group the Evangelical Alliance have produced a set of model governing documents aimed at independent churches.

The documents, which took four years to produce, include a revised model trust deed that offers a legal structure to independent churches with a non-voting membership.

They also include a model constitution for churches whose wider membership is involved in its management and governance, and a model memorandum and articles of association for churches that want to adopt a corporate structure.

Alison Wells, head of registration at the Charity Commission, said the regulator appreciated the input of the partner organisations, which also included the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance and Christian financial support service charity Stewardship.

“The launch of the additional types of governing documents is timely because we are about to begin work with other faith communities in the context of the new Faith and Social Cohesion Unit,” she said.

All three documents and related guidelines are available on the Evangelical Alliance website.

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